On the 19th May six teams from Sacred Heart College competed in something that has recently become an annual event in South Africa – The World Scholars’ Cup. After having been first introduced to South Africa in 2015 with a no more than twenty teams competing in a single event in Johannesburg, the Scholars’ Cup has expanded to include rounds in Durban and Cape Town and this year saw more than forty teams from schools all around Johannesburg competing with one another to win trophies, medals and – most importantly – an invitation to one of the Global Scholars’ Cup rounds. For the first time in the history of Scholars’ Cup one of the global rounds will be held in Cape Town, which makes it both exciting and accessible to the South African teams. All six of Sacred Heart’s teams qualified and been invited to compete in the Global rounds being held in Athens and Cape Town in June and July this year.
The Scholars’ Cup competition requires learners to compete in the disciplines of persuasive writing, general knowledge and debating. In the writing sections Sacred Heart had teams that placed 5th and 8th. In general knowledge (known as the Scholars’ Bowl) the teams placed 2nd, 3rd and 13th, and in the debating the Sacred Heart Senior teams placed 4th and 6th and the junior teams placed 1st and 3rd. Special congratulations must go to Noah Furman who was the top Sacred Heart scholar overall, Kelechi Nwokeyi who came first in the Arts section of the Bowl, and Mikail Metz who won the Special Area section of the Bowl and received 2nd place in the both the Best Individual Debater and Best Overall Junior Scholar sections.
Sacred Heart looks forward to competing in Cape Town in July where we hope to achieve even more and of course, have fun doing so.